Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pin cushions

For some reason lately I have had a "thing" for pincushions. Not any particular style just ones that I think are fun or cute.
I think that hedgehogs are so cute to look at although I have never had any personal experience with one. I found the picture for this one on Pintrest and hunted up the pattern. Years before I had made a special mohair teddy bead for my eldest  daughter and remembered the wonderful fabric. I thought that they made mohair tipped in a second color that would be perfect for the hedgehog so I went hunting on the internet for that specific fabric and finally found it. It was the perfect color but not spikey enough to look like the spines of the hedgehog. So I cut off a piece of the fabric and got it wet and played with the fur so that it stood up like I wanted. The face and ears are linen with black beads for the eyes.
She is perfect - just like I had imagined....
As part of the class for the Needlework Cabinet, we have small projects so that we can practice different techniques. This glove is one of the pieces. I actually followed the directions for the cuff but made the glove out of some thin leather that I had. Turned out to be a bit harder than I thought it was going to be. The leather tears if you are not extremely careful  so the stitching is not quite as even as I wanted it to be. I am pleased with the result.
The scissors are hand made antiques from the mid 1800's. They are so delightful to look at.

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